Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Browning: Kit kiss was terrifying

Emily Browning and Kit Harington star as lovers in Pompeii

Emily Browning has claimed kissing Game Of Thrones hunk Kit Harington in new movie Pompeii was "terrifying".

The Magic Magic actress stars in Paul WS Anderson's new epic romance as Cassia, the educated daughter of a powerful family who falls in love with slave Milo, played by Kit, just days before the ancient city is frozen in time forever by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

But while many Game Of Thrones fans would swoon at the thought of sharing a kiss with heartthrob Kit, Emily claimed that was one of the hardest parts of the movie.

"Kit and I got on well," she said. "We became good friends before we ever had to shoot a real love scene, because for most of the movie, it's all stolen glances. The first day we actually had to kiss was sort of terrifying because we felt almost like siblings by that time."

The 25-year-old Australian actress has played a lot of strong female characters, and has admitted she finds herself drawn to the role of the outsider. And Emily said she would not have signed up to Pompeii if she had simply been playing a damsel in distress.

"I've always wanted to do a film like this," she confessed. "But the female characters are usually a bit boring. Cassia however, is clever and tough. She even saves Milo's life a couple of times."

Not just a talented actress, Emily has sung on the soundtrack of several of her films, including Sucker Punch and the upcoming indie flick God Help The Girl.

But she insisted she sees singing: "More as a hobby as supposed to a career."

"Making God Help The Girl made me realise that I really love it," she admitted.

"There were some scenes that we shot in that film where we were singing live on stage with a big audience and it feels like nothing else - such a rush!

"God Help the Girl was a really perfect situation where someone had written the songs for me and someone was playing the music. I don't know if I'd be brave enough to start writing songs. I can't really see myself putting out an album any time soon."

:: Pompeii is released in cinemas on Friday May 2.

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